You had a tough day, which has left you worn out and stressed. Then you drive through heavy traffic, people blaring horns, not following rules and finally reach home totally upset. Your nerves are so wracked that even a minor trigger like a baby crying or dog barking can make you extremely irritable and frustrated, driving you to the edge. Do you think you can manage healthy relationships in such condition? It may not be impossible, but I am sure it is very close to it. If you are having stressful days too often than you better learn techniques that can relieve stress before it gets out of hand. All of the 6 tips mentioned below provide quick relief from stress after a rough day, so that you can continue to see the smile on the faces of your loved ones when you arrive home.
6. Listen to light music:
When you are winding up your day, play some soothing light music to accompany your activities like, packing your belongings, checking for things to pick-up, walking to your car or driving back home. For a long time now, music has proven to be a great tool in stress relief. The different ways in which music alters physiology, even in plants, has led to music therapy for treating many mind related illnesses. Singing or humming your favorite tune can be quite helpful as well.
5. Remain active:
When you have gone through stressful day, all you want to do is lay down on the couch, so that you can relax. That is because like many others, you do not realize that the best way to relieve stress is by being active and not lazy. Find any activity that you enjoy to relieve stress; if possible find a loving partner to enjoy your activity with. Walking, exercising, cycling or swimming can be great stress relievers, in addition, they help you get good sleep.
4. Steaming hot shower:
If you are looking for a quick stress relief, without wanting to go through the trouble of preparing a bath, your shower can do the trick for you. Treat yourself to some aromatic gels, soft scrub and soothing oils before getting under the shower. Work out lots of bubbles and enjoy your shower to the fullest. As you allow the hot water to flow down, imagine your stress being washed away along with the soapy bubbles. Think of the pleasant things you will be doing after feeling fresh and clean.
3. Take yourself out for a treat:
Though this cannot be done regularly, once in awhile, when the day has been extra tough on you; take yourself out for a treat. You deserve it after all you have been through the day. Buy something you have wanted for yourself for a long time, go to your favorite restaurant to enjoy your favorite dish, or visit a friend who stays so far that you have been postponing the visit due to your busy schedule. No matter what you do; it should be something that can make you smile from ear to ear and say, “Yay! I finally did it”.
2. Learn Breathing Exercises:
Breathing exercises can calm your nerves like a magic potion. Stress relieving breathing involves certain simple techniques which you can learn quickly without much help. Often we fill just a part of our lungs with air when we breathe. Try to fill up your whole lungs by taking a deep breath very slowly through your nostrils. Slowly let the air escape through your mouth. Do not hold breath in or pause in between. Follow the pattern with a rhythm until you feel relaxed and calm.
1. Find fun with your family:
Nothing can relieve stress like your family and laughter; hence, you can imagine the wonders they can do when combined together. Have some activities that allow you to bellow in laughter with your family. This is not just a stress reliever for you, but it is great bonding moment for all your family members. Share jokes, comedy movies, Tom & Jerry cartoon or anything that sends ripples of laughter all around.